The Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT / HTT) and the Port of Hamburg operating company, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA), have set up a joint venture. This new structure will focus on integrating the latest innovations in container transport with Hyperloop technology for the port of Hamburg, one of the largest ports in Europe. The goal for the joint venture is to develop and commercialize a new Hyperloop transport system for operations in seaports as well as for domestic transport. A first study will be launched on the connection of a freight system by Hyperloop to connect the HHLA container terminal to the inland container parks. This will strengthen the port’s capacity by reducing congestion in the port area and the city and lowering the port’s carbon footprint. The construction of a transhipment station for testing at the HHLA terminal in Hamburg, including a first 100 meter freight line as well as a special cargo capsule and loading dock, should follow very fast.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has recently launched the World Ports Climate Action Program in which port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam will be joining forces and working together on projects that address the issue of global warning. The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on increasing efficiency of supply chains using digital tools; advancing common and ambitious policy approaches aimed at reducing missions within larger geographic areas; accelerating development of in-port renewable power-2-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions. Including other specific actions as accelerating the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification ion of ship propulsion systems and accelerating efforts to fully decarbonise cargo-handling facilities in the ports.
“The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warning to well below 2°C. It is vital in this context to reduce the emissions generated by maritime transport. As critical hubs in the global maritime transport network, I am convinced that the ports can make a significant contribution. I am pleased to see that international port authorities have taken on a leading role in this area, committing to collaborative projects that can further advance the decarbonisation of the maritime transport sector,” said Allard Castelein, President & Chief Executive Officer at Port of Rotterdam.
The Port Authority organisations call upon the shipping industry and other ports to join the commitment to deliver on the Paris Agreement, asking the governments and regulators to adopt or, at very last, international policies for CO2 pricing and provide funding support to relevant R&D and pilot projects.